Rotherham United defender Tom Thorpe has been deemed surplus to requirements for a second season in a row by the South Yorkshire club as he joined Bolton Wanderers on loan last Wednesday. The versatile centre back will be with Bolton for the full season.

Personally I am slightly bewildered as to why the club have chosen to loan out, in my opinion, one of their best defenders. I firmly believe that the Manchester United academy product would be able to compete for a first team place in a Rotherham United side that has already conceded 21 goals in all competitions this season. Thorpe, who has only made 8 appearances for Rotherham, has  arguably always played well when he has been given the chance.

The 23 year old is capable of also taking on an full back and centre defensive midfield role if necessary. This adaptability I’m sure will be useful to Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson should any of his players become injured or face suspension. I’m sure that when given an opportunity to play at Bolton he will make use of it well and not only perhaps step in for missing players but fight to retain his position in the starting line-up. Personally I have always admired him, I feel like he is very competent when both attacking and defending.

Only time will tell as to whether he will get the time on the pitch which he craves to show his exploits. Bolton Wanderers host MK Dons this Saturday while Thorpe’s parent club Rotherham host Bristol City also on Saturday.

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